July 10, 2012 • Crafting
Photo by Mararie
Knitting is perhaps the quintessential unhip pastime, so it serves authors well as a convenient shorthand for earnest domesticity and obliviousness to fashion. Identifying a character as a knitter evokes a web of associations and expectations — which, of course, the clever author will sometimes turn on their head.
Here’s a skein of knitters from literature, sorted by type.
July 5, 2012 • Cookbook: Desserts, Crafting
What better way to celebrate July 7th, Chocolate Day than a look at some of the sweet confections the Etsy marketplace has to offer?
Though chocolate itself is available in abundance on the site, we thought we’d shine a spotlight on the creations inspired by the number one Candy Man himself: Mr. Willy Wonka.
April 17, 2012 • Crafting
Charms by Melissa Oesch
One of my favorite things about wearable mini-books is that I get to use leather journals as jewelry without being a pretentious twit about it.
That was the habit when I was 18 and a freshman English major: using such things as self-adornment, as an insecure suburban teen trying desperately to look intellectual and literary is wont to do. I leaned toward unadorned leather journals in which I earnestly wrote bad prose and worse poetry in a very public manner. Why, yes, I believe there were kreteks involved.
Even though I’ve given up the poetry (you’re welcome) and have switched to writing bad prose on a laptop, I still have a soft spot for the accoutrements of the newly minted English major which is indulged by these Etsy shops. Check them out.
These mini-book necklaces by Philadelphia’s Margaux and Walter Kent at Peg and Awl are a callback to those more fanciful days.
The Kents hand make each piece using reclaimed leathers from sources such as vintage sofas and antique doctors’ bags.
March 27, 2012 • Crafting
Rich and Brenna Neeley, two clever book-loving crafters from Southern California, rescue discarded books and turn them into absolutely beautiful docks for your iPod, iPhone, and/or iPad.
But how can anyone chop up such gorgeous books? A lot of the books featured in their Etsy shop are really quite stunning. Well, according to their profile page, Brenna only recycles "books that haven't been appreciated elsewhere" with "more than a few [sneaking] their way into [their] personal collection." So you can be quite sure that the book being used "was not being loved as it should be."
Visit their Etsy page for more. I'm definitely ordering one soon.
March 26, 2012 • Crafting
We're pretty huge fans of Parks and Recreation here at the Quirk HQ. Seldom does a week go by that Margaret doesn't bring up chickie-chickie-parm-parm or reference the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. So when our crafty friend Mei Pak emailed us about her necklace appearing in an episode, we flipped out.
Mei, who was featured in our recent craft book Microcrafts, creates adorable food-inspired jewelry under the name Tiny Hands. Her scented waffle necklace was featured in the Valentine's Day episode Operation Ann (here's a link to it on Hulu).
According to Mei, she'd been in contact "with the show's wardrobe stylist, sent her some pieces of jewelry, and then all of a sudden... there it was on TV."
You can read the entire story about how it happened over on Mei's blog. Congrats, dear! We're proud of you.